18 Sep

Band Policy Advisor Eds Projects Jobs Vacancy at Cabinet Office London

Position
Band Policy Advisor Eds Projects
Company
Cabinet Office
Location
London ENG
Opening
18 Sep, 2018 30+ days ago

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Band Policy Advisor Eds Projects Jobs Vacancy at Cabinet Office London Jobs Details:

The Cabinet Office is seeking an outstanding candidate to fill a policy advisor role in the Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat (EDS) Projects Team. This is a high profile and fascinating role that provides an excellent overview of government, as well as the opportunity to influence a wide variety of policy areas. It is a great team in which to start or boost your civil service career.

EDS operates at the very centre of government, supporting the Prime Minister and the Cabinet in taking forward the Government’s highest priority economic and domestic policy commitments. We work closely with the Cabinet Secretary and with all government departments to ensure the coordination of policy and legislation across Whitehall.

The role in the Projects team will allow the post holder to gain experience of working at a senior level across disciplines and departments, bringing expert analysis and policy making together, providing a unique insight into the workings of government at the very highest level. The EDS Projects team deliver:
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Short policy or service design projects – by generating new insight and ideas.
• Long-term, cross-cutting strategic analysis – by providing leadership and raising capability on future trends.
• Latest thinking and knowledge about innovative policy-making – including championing new methodological approaches across government.
To assist us, we coordinate and leverage input from a network of 13 innovation teams: the ‘Future Policy Network’. These teams have extensive experience in executing novel and innovative approaches. We work with departments in applying different policy and design tools, including:
• Behavioural insights
• Horizon-scanning and futures
• Co-design and co-creation with policy customers and citizens
• Collaboration with external experts and the academic community
• Innovative financing approaches
• New partnership models
• Rigorous testing to deliver evidence on “what works”
• The latest data science techniques and approaches to impact measurement
Our recent projects include:
• analysis and research in areas as diverse as: the role of housing and technology in improving social care; the experiences of tenants in the private rented sector; the evidence of what works in driving local economic growth; the childcare market; and mental health.
• the establishment of a cross government approaches on topics including loneliness, and drones, robotics & autonomous systems – significantly increasing the level of priority and coordination on these issues within government.
• cutting edge analysis on the future of the labour market which influenced the development of the Industrial Strategy.

Cabinet Office has merged grades. Band A equates to G6/7, Band B2 equates to HEO/SEO and Band C equates to AA/AO. Staff joining on promotion terms will have their salary calculated based on their substantive grade.

Job description

The role

A post in EDS offers an excellent opportunity to work at the heart of government. The role offers a high-level of experience, including working with senior leaders, partnership working and stakeholder management, communications, programme and people management, and analysis and use of evidence.

The main tasks of the post are to:
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Conceptualise cutting-edge projects in priority policy areas, in partnership with the Future Policy Network, departments and other stakeholders; ensure the quality of products and output as well as sufficient policy relevance;
• Influence senior leaders across Government to ensure that Government embeds the disruptive and long-term thinking available, into policy design and delivery;
• Deliver high quality and timely advice to the Cabinet Secretary, Cabinet Office ministers, and Number 10 as required;
• Oversee cross-government groups to deliver effective policy and delivery advice.

To be as effective as possible, the Cabinet Office in general and this team in particular need to bring together a diverse range of people from different backgrounds and with different skill sets. This diversity supports more creative and challenging thinking and helps us to represent better the communities that we serve. This is a fantastic, challenging opportunity at a fascinating time. It’ll give a unique insight into the workings of government at the very highest level. The post is likely to be most suitable for an existing Band B2 looking to expand their experience, but we will consider very strong candidates for the post on promotion. We are also open to candidates applying externally.

PERSON SPECIFICATION / COMPETENCES REQUIRED

The best candidates for this role will not only have strong analytical ability but also be comfortable developing relationships and building credibility at all levels. They will know how to get things done in government and how to work with the wider world. We are very open to those applying externally.

We are looking for candidates with experience:
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in a project/programme management environment - you’ll be managing different types of projects across the programme and expected to initiate projects with a very fast turn-around;
• of building strong working relationships with departmental stakeholders and private offices;
• of presenting complex issues clearly and concisely, and dealing with competing priorities at pace.

Desirable characteristics for candidates include:
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Political awareness, a keen interest in current affairs and an understanding of the government’s programme and priorities.
• Experience in analysis and research in a policy environment, for example through membership of the Government Economic Service, Government Social Research or other analytical services.
• Experience of, or familiarity with, innovative policy techniques, whether horizon scanning, data science, behavioural science, service design or other.
• A passion for bringing new ways of thinking into public policy development.

Competencies you will be required to demonstrate

When completing your competency examples for your application we recommend that you focus on the specific elements of the competency highlighted below.

Seeing the Big Picture
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Be alert to emerging issues and trends which might impact or benefit own and team’s work
• Develop an understanding of own area’s strategy and how this contributes to Departmental/Governmental priorities
• Actively seek out and share experience to develop understanding and knowledge of own work and of team’s business area

Changing and Improving
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Be prepared to take managed risks, ensuring these are planned and their impact assessed
• Actively encourage ideas from a wide range of sources and stakeholders and use these to inform own thinking
• Be willing to meet the challenges of difficult or complex changes, encouraging and supporting others to do the same

Making Effective Decisions
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Make decisions when they are needed, even if they prove difficult or unpopular
• Identify a broad range of relevant and credible information sources and recognise the need to collect new data when necessary from internal and external sources
• Recognise patterns and trends in a wide range of evidence and draw key conclusions, outlining costs, benefits, risks and potential responses
• Invite challenge and where appropriate involve others in decision making to help build engagement and present robust recommendations

Collaborating and Partnering
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Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes
• Act as a team player, investing time to generate a common focus and genuine team spirit
• Actively seek input from a diverse range of people
• Deal with conflict in a prompt, calm and constructive manner
• Encourage collaborative team working within own team and across the Department

Delivering at Pace
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Successfully manage, support and stretch self and team to deliver agreed goals and objectives
• Take responsibility for delivering expected outcomes on time and to standard, yet allowing the teams space and authority to deliver objectives
• Plan ahead but reassess workloads and priorities if situations change or people are facing conflicting demands
• Regularly monitor own and team’s work against

milestones or targets and act promptly to keep work on track and maintain performance

Please note that this role requires SC clearance, which would normally require 5 years’ UK residency in the past 5 years. This is not an absolute requirement but supplementary checks may be required where individuals have not lived in the UK for the required period. This may mean that your security clearance (and therefore your appointment) will take longer or, in some cases, not be possible.

Competencies

We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
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Seeing the big picture
• Changing and improving
• Making effective decisions
• Collaborating and partnering
• Delivering at pace

We reserve the right to sift on two lead competencies if there is a high volume of applicants. The two lead competencies are: Collaborating and Partnering and Making Effective Decisions.

Competencies

We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Seeing the big picture
  • Changing and improving
  • Making effective decisions
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Delivering at pace

Civil Service Competency Framework

Benefits

Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


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